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5 days of Unpacking: Reflections on Love, Loss and the Art of Becoming.

The streets of Brisbane are awash with purple!  It’s a beautiful time of year in this part of the world. The Jacarandas are blooming and their fallen flowers have created a magnificent carpet of colour on the footpaths of my new neighbourhood.  Yes, I’ve moved and my essay – 5 days of Unpacking: Reflections on […]

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Creativity, a Pathway to Hope.

  I’m a huge fan of Maria Popova, the well-known Brain Pickings writer and self described ‘interestingness hunter-gatherer’.  I read one of her articles the other day where she explores ‘how drawing trains you to see the world more clearly and to live with a deeper sense of presence.’     Drawing, indeed, transforms the […]

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Another Green Vanilla Tea Review – Jessie Street National Women’s Library

The Jessie Street National Women’s Library is an absolutely wonderful Australian resource.  I hope to drop in for a visit the next time I’m in Sydney.   It is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. The Library was established in 1989 and is named after Jessie […]

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Cambodia

I recently returned home to Brisbane after volunteering in Cambodia for a few weeks. I’m still digesting my experiences in this exotic kingdom, there is so much to take in:  the beauty, the gentle spirits of the people I met, and sadness, too. The poverty, the scars of genocide, the trusting smile of a child, […]

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Love and Hope

What a heart-warming weekend! I so enjoyed speaking with the community at St Mary’s in Exile, South Brisbane – such an incredibly warm and engaged community – thank you everyone!   If you would like to hear the podcast, you can have a listen here.  I share our family stories of love and hope in […]

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Green Vanilla Tea – ‘Behind the Book’

Good Reading is a great Australian magazine (and website) dedicated to ‘everything about books’.  They published an article I wrote, along with a ‘book bite’, in their July issue and I’ve posted it here for you to have a read. (Just click on the image to make it bigger.) Hope you enjoy! Marie  

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Stories Matter

I have just emerged from the virtual library of Storycorps – [where] every voice matters. It’s been a morning spent on the computer, not something I imagined doing while on holiday in Hawaii but when it comes to projects like this, I say thank goodness for the Internet and what it makes possible. I’m here […]

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